Brisbane and south-east Queensland are being urged to prepare for a possible cyclone.

The Courier Mail reports that in the early hours of this morning a tropical low was located over the eastern Coral Sea. It’s about 1300 kilometres north-east of the Sunshine Coast and it is forecast to keep tracking south.

Redlands City Council last night instructed residents to start preparing for the low and four sandbag stations opened today at Cleveland, North Stradbroke Island, Macleay Island and Russell Island. A Redland City Council spokesman told the Courier that the disaster management group had “erred on the side of caution” due to “general uncertainty” around the east-coast low.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is forecasting swells of about four metres between the Sunshine and Gold Coasts. Water levels for high tide early tomorrow are predicted to approach or slightly exceed the highest tide of the year.

BoM is predicting the low will curve to the south during Wednesday, which would keep it off the coast. Still, wild conditions are predicted to persist until at least Thursday.

Check for updates on the BoM website. Those living in bayside suburbs should follow the Redland City Council Facebook page here.

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Self-service sandbag stations can be found at the Cleveland Showgrounds; outside the Council Depot on Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich; outside the Council Depot on Scarborough Terrace on Macleay Island; and at the waste-transfer station at Davidson Road on Russell Island. Sand, sandbags and shovels will be supplied.

Update: The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed at 4.15pm that the tropical low in the Coral Sea 1100 kilometres east of Mackay has been upgraded to a Category 1 cyclone named Linda.

BoM expects the cyclone to remain off the coast and weaken to an intense subtropical low again tomorrow as it continues to move south. High tides and dangerous surf warnings remain in place.

The high tides and dangerous surf conditions are expected to impact Redland City residents Wednesday and Thursday, with the Redland City Council keeping sandbagging stations Cleveland, North Stradbroke Island, Macleay Island and Russell Island open 10am to 6pm. Follow further updates on the Council website here.